History & Geology
The Birimian Greenstone Belts of West Africa
July 2013 by Chris RalphThe country we were to visit was Burkina Faso, a small country about the same size of my home state of Nevada with about 10 times more people. The second day I was in Africa, we went out to the goldfields for the first time.
Critical Minerals: Tungsten
Because tungsten minerals are heavy, exploration can be done using stream sediment samples. Prospectors looking for gold have found scheelite or wolframite in their placer concentrates, and in some cases this has led them to make important tungsten finds.
The Long Road to Gold Point, Nevada
Apart from the hard rock mines, there are abundant gold-bearing placers, especially in the areas in and around Oriental Wash.
Ask the Experts: VMS ore
Q: Are there any mills that handle VMS ore?
Why Did This Silver Mine Close? - Pt III
Narrowing down a closure date will allow you to check the commodity price during that time and possibly confirm that a low price, rather than a lack of ore, was the driving force that closed the operation.
Reno's 1872 Time Capsule Includes Gold Rush Lore
The Reno Masonic Lodge was built along the railroad tracks back when Ulysses S. Grant was president and shortly after the Comstock Lode of gold and silver was struck in Virginia City.
Can You Recognize Valuable Ores?
The process of recognizing ores all starts with being able to recognize some basic minerals and knowing what hard rock ore looks like in the districts where you prospect.
Arizona's Vulture Gold Mine and Lost Dutchman
When prospectors and treasure hunters talk of gold in Arizona, it is the Lost Dutchman or Vulture mine they usually think of. The Lost Dutchman gold mine is just that—a myth chalked full of holes that has been embellished over time as any good legend should be.
The Bawl Mill • Ask the Experts • Ask the Experts • Study Confirms Mercury Levels Safe in California's Gold Country • All About Quartz—Part II • The Pearce Mineralized Area, Dragoon Mountains, Arizona • An Alaskan in the Lower 48 • Romancing the Rock • Placer Channel Sampling • The Oquirrh Mountains, Utah • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Record $11 Million Fine for California Mine
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